[Photo: National Camp in Wellington 2017 - courtesy of Bill Wong]
The Karate New Zealand Coaching Council are happy to report that the National Camp held in Wellington on 17th-18th July 2017 was a success. It was the Council’s intention to build on the success of the Christchurch Camp and keep up the momentum. The programme for the Camp incorporated feedback received after Christchurch. The Council are pleased that all the coaches and facilitators worked together in delivering a hugely attended camp with numbers in excess of 150!
The motto for the camp was ‘Strategies and Tactics’ and built on the sessions which were delivered last April. The Council, in cooperation with the Coaching Pool, set themes for each session and the coaches all had the opportunity to share their expertise with the assigned lead coaches for the sessions. In a new approach, Coaches were asked to deliver their sessions in parallel to different skill level groups, thus allowing for a performance driven group and a performance development group.
The following sessions were conducted:
‘Rapid Decision Making & Identification’
‘Offensive Strategies: Setting up Attacks’
‘Distance, Positioning & Absorbing’
‘Staying in the Fight: Toughness in the Ring’
‘Understanding Timing and Rhythm’
‘Karate Fitness Drills and Games’
Technical Kata Analysis for Advanced Athletes
‘Understanding the New Selection Policies and the Senior Athlete Management Pool Requirements’
‘KNZ Fitness Testing Demonstration’
‘Introduction to Plyometrics’
‘Proposed Fitness Testing’
Thank you to all participants and parents for supporting the event, and taking all the tuition back to your individual dojos. There is a lot of expertise within Karate New Zealand and the National Camps are the perfect platform to spread this knowledge. We trust you have all taken a few things away from this camp that you will be able to successfully implement in your day-to-day training.
The Coaching Council would like to express their gratitude to all Coaches and facilitators for making the camp a success. The feedback from participants and parents has been amazing!
Thank you to the Senseis – Dennis May, Phil Laing, Duane Monk, Leonard Kong, Braedyn Birss, Craig Nordstrand, Binh Nguyen, Gregor McLachlan, Raymond Yee, Joseph McGregor, Rebecca Merrifield, Gregg Burgess, Thanasi Balaphas, Adrian Tong, Johnny Ling and Andy Roosen.
Thank you to the Local Organising Committee in Wellington, Leo Donnelly, Phil Richardson and Adrian Tong and their teams.
We look forward to building on this experience and running three awesome camps in 2018, which will be a big year for Karate New Zealand!
Yours in karate,
KNZ Coaching Council and Coaches